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Augustine Webb

Augustine Webb, One of the Cowpens Messengers who was sent by Daniel Morgan on Christmas Day (December 25 1780) to William Campbell to ask for help in the upcoming battle of Cowpens. He was also one of the earliest settlers to explore and move to Fayette county KY in 1782.
Webb was born on August 29, 1755 in Hanover county VA. At the start of the Revolutionary war, Webb joined the Albemarle County militia from 1775-1776. Troops in Albemarle County saw little action in the county. The only recorded battle was a small skirmish with Tarleton at the Broad Ford Rivanna River near Charlottesville VA in 1781. In 1780, Webb would have the honor of becoming a member of Morgan Rifles, a unit that was made up of the best sharpshooters in the Colonies.
In December 1780, Morgan was camped near the Pacolet River in present day Spartanburg County SC. On December 25, Morgan sent out Messengers to several militia commanders for help in the up coming battle a t the Cowpens. Their message was simple “Come to the Cowpens to help Daniel Morgan fight Benny Tarleton”. Webb was one of these messengers. Webb was ordered to travel to Abingdon VA to enlist the help of William Campbell, Hero of Kings Mountain.
     Of all the messengers, Webb had to travel farther than any of the other messengers. It was a good 10 days journey the best he could do if he didn’t run into any trouble. Along this journey, Webb not only ran into trouble, it chased him down in the form of Indians, British soldiers and bad weather. Indians shot his horses out from under him and chased him through the woods. While running from the Indians, he ran into a British column and was taken prisoner. Webb luckily escaped that night.  The closer he got to Abingdon; Webb ran into deep snow and had to swim through ice filled rivers.
     When Webb arrived at Abingdon VA on January 4, 1781, he found William Campbell at his frontier home on Wolf Hill near present day Abingdon VA. Campbell had just back from an expedition to fight Cherokees on the Long Island of the Holston River near Kingsport TN. Webb and Campbell led a militia unit from VA to the Cowpens, but arrived one day too late on January 18, 1781 to participate in the battle of Cowpens.
At their arrival at the Cowpens, Webb saw the 500 British prisoners taken during the battle. Webb was then ordered to help take the prisoners to Salisbury. After his arrival in Salisbury, Webb resigned his commission and moved to Botetourt County VA where he joined their militia until the end of 1781
  In 1782 while living in Botetourt County, Webb met Elizabeth Crittenden. From this union that had 4 children. Later that year Webb moved his family through the Cumberland Gap on his way to Boonesborough. After his arrival in Boonesborough, Webb participated in the battle of Blue licks on August 19, 1782.
 The battle of Blue licks was the worst defeat the settlers of KY ever faced while fighting the Shawnee Indians. 72 frontiersmen were killed. Webb barely escaped with his life. The Battle of Blue licks was the last Revolutionary war battle fought in KY and the last battle Webb would participate in. Later that year Webb moved to Fayette County.
In 1827, Elizabeth died and Webb soon married Francis Clarke. They would have 1 child from this union. In 1832, Webb moved to Bullitt county KY where he applied for a pension. On February 25, 1835 Webb died and was buried near his home place. Francis soon applied for a widow’s pension after his death in 1835.
 During the Civil war, descendents of Webb fought on both sides. In Bullitt County KY, the railroad trestles at Shepardsville and Lebanon Junction were frequent objects of destruction by Confederate Troops.

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